Seminar: US Apparel Market Insights - The Recent Upheaval

October 05, 2018

As the Sino-US trade war rages on, Chinese manufacturers exporting to the US market are coming under pressure as buyers have reduced or suspended orders and uncertainties are mounting. The US market has been a key export market and the increased tariffs are affecting not only Chinese apparel manufacturers but also the global apparel supply chain. 

Are you confident you can face the upheavals and turbulence in doing business in US markets? To help you in this situation we now offer you a great opportunity to get market insights at our upcoming seminar on the US Apparel Market—exclusively for our customers.

Intertek Hong Kong is honored to present Rick Helfenbein, President and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), as our guest speaker at our seminar themed “US Apparel Market Insights – The Recent Upheaval” on 25 October (Thursday) to share with you his unique view of the Trump administration’s trade policies. Representing an industry dependent on intricate global value chains, he will discuss the latest developments coming out of Washington, D.C., and share what this means for international trade going forward.

At the same time, the recent amended regulations for the provision of a “clear and reasonable” California Proposition 65 require that products manufactured on and after August 30, 2018, must comply with the new warning label requirements. Our Intertek expert will also share with you how to get prepared for this amended Act.

SIGN UP NOW to get firsthand information from AAFA, the leading US apparel trade association representing more than 1,000 brands in the industry! Seats are limited.

Details of the Seminar are as follows:
Date: 25 October 2018 (Thursday)
Time: 12:45pm – 3:00pm (Registration starts at 12:30pm)
Venue: Room B – C, 2/F, Garment Centre, 576 Castle Peak Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Medium: English
Enrollment Fee: Free (First-come, first-served basis)
RSVP: Click Here (RSVP by 22 October 2018)


12:45pm-1:00pmOpening remarks and photo taking
1:00pm-2:00pmKeynote: Insights into US trade policiesSoftlines - Seminar: AAFA 2018 Rick Helfenbein

Mr. Rick Helfenbein
President and CEO
American Apparel & Footwear Association
2:15pm-2:45pmHow will the update on California Proposition 65 affect your labeling requirements?Softlines - Seminar: AAFA 2018 Sammi Chiu

Ms. Sammi Chiu
Technical Manager, RSL Technical Development, Softlines
Intertek Hong Kong 
2:45pm-3:00pmQ & A

Speaker Profiles

Mr. Rick Helfenbein
President and CEO
American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)

Rick Helfenbein is president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association, the national trade association representing more than 1,000 brands in the apparel, footwear, and accessories industry. Rick became president and CEO in February of 2016 and leads the association and its operations.

Previously, Rick was president of all USA operations for Luen Thai Holding Limited. Luen Thai is the largest publicly listed apparel manufacturing and supply chain services company on the Hong Kong Exchange. The company manufactures clothing, shoes, and accessories for some of the most recognized brands in the industry, including Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach, Adidas, and Michael Kors. Prior to his appointment, Rick was Chairman of the AAFA Board of Directors from March 2014 to February 2016, and had served on the board of directors since 2008.

Rick has more than 40 years of experience in the apparel, footwear, and accessories industry, and has been credited as being one of the creators of the original Le Tigre brand plus helping to engineer the split between Izod and Lacoste. He also introduced Burlington Industries to the apparel market and has extensive experience with manufacturing in the USA, Asia, and Latin America both from an apparel and textile perspective. Rick holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton Business School. He participates in the Consortium for Operational Excellence in Retailing at Wharton and Harvard.

Ms. Sammi Chiu
Technical Manager, RSL Technical Development, Softlines
Intertek Hong Kong

Ms. Chiu has over 10 years’ experience in managing chemical laboratories and acting as a technical consultant on chemical testing and regulatory matters. She has extensive knowledge of global regulations, especially those relating to the restricted substances list (RSL). She supports the RSL assurance services of Intertek and provides technical training to manufacturers, suppliers and retailers regarding updates to RSL regulations.

About the American Apparel & Footwear Association

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is the national trade association representing apparel, footwear and other sewn products companies, and their suppliers, which compete in the global market. Representing more than 1,000 world famous name brands, retailers, and manufacturers — AAFA is the trusted public policy and political voice of the apparel and footwear industry, its management and shareholders, its nearly four million U.S. workers, and its contribution of $384 billion in annual U.S. retail sales. AAFA provides exclusive expertise in supply chain management, trade policy, and brand protection, to help our members navigate the complex regulatory environment and lower costs. Members gain unparalleled access to information and exclusive insights on regulation and policy, and premier opportunities for networking and collaboration.

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For enquiries, please contact:

Ms. Katie Chan
Tel: (852) 2173 8101